A pair of high school football players in Texas were given the boot after kneeling during the national anthem prior to a game on Friday night.
Cedric Ingram-Lewis and Larry McCullough from Victory & Praise Christian Academy, a private school in Crosby, Texas, told their coach of their intent to protest.
Coach Ronnie Ray Mitchem warned the players that their actions would have consequences.
“There is a proper time to do something in a proper way,” Mitchem told an ABC affiliate in Crosby.
A Texas high school football team reportedly kicked off two players who protested during the national anthem Friday https://t.co/iSOAkHoMnJ
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 30, 2017
Mitchem, according to news reports, is a military veteran.
After Ingram-Lewis and McCullough engaged in their Colin Kaepernick-inspired disrespect for the American flag and the national anthem, the coach immediately walked over and asked them to go take their uniforms off.
The players, in the meantime, seemed pleased that their protest drew national attention.
So this should all be considered a wash, correct? The players felt so strongly about their cause that they were willing to pay the price regardless. And the coach adhered to the rules he had laid down for the players in respecting the national anthem.
It’s a tough situation, but everybody should be happy about sticking to their guns, no?
No, of course not.
Liberals are now demanding that the school be sued, and you can sure as heck bet that they’ll be out for blood with the coach.
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) October 2, 2017
And while one of the players seemed to get it, saying of their coach “That’s just how he feels,” his mother certainly does not.
“He has a slave master mentality,” she said. “If you were to go back to that when they wanted to tell us this is what you are going to do and this is how you do it. And if we didn’t comply, we were beaten, whooped or even killed.”
Someone needs to explain to Ingram-Lewis’mother that a football team is for playing ball not demonstrating & what coaches responsibility is.
— bill poole (@owpoole) October 1, 2017
Beaten, whooped, or even killed? Your kid was kicked off a football team, a sport – a game – that is a privilege to play at a high school where your number one concern should be an education, for breaking the rules.
If anything, you should be happy that he was taught a life lesson by his coach.
Meanwhile, Mitchem explained that he holds no ill will towards these players.
“I want this put on here,” Mitchem said in the interview. “I have nothing against those young men. I love them.”
Sadly, that isn’t going to change the fact that their parents, along with any race-baiter that can get in their heads, will most assuredly destroy his career. It’s just a matter of time.
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